The Best Parenting Podcasts

Best Parenting Podcasts

Do you listen to podcasts? Podcasts are treats to me while cleaning or cooking. It seems every week I find a new podcast to subscribe too. It’s hard for me to keep up!

Listening to podcasts used to be an arduous task. Each episode had to either be played on your computer or downloaded onto an iPod. The process is much simpler now! The free podcast app on your phone allows you to search and download episodes to your favorite shows. The episodes than live directly inside the app.

I listen to podcasts not only for entertainment, but also education and encouragement.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite parenting podcasts.

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Weekend Links / / Music Video Car Trips

Fleurie Music Video Sparks

^ Jordan directing Fleurie’s music video, Sparks.

This weekend is shaping up to be a great one. My parents arrived last night AND the Olympics begin tonight! As of Saturday, we will have survived parenting a newborn at home for one week! In between feedings, diaper changes and doctors appointments Jordan and I tried to maintain some semblance of normalcy. Doing the small things that make you feel good are really important!

I also tried to steal time away to write Phoenix’s birth story and reflection on my c-section recovery. Those will be shared at a later date. If you have any questions regarding c-section recovery I’d love to be able to answer those in my post.

Onto the links!

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Weekend Links / / Parenting, Potlucks & Podcasts

Thirty-Six Weeks Pregnant

This week Jordan and I are making progress on transitioning our space for the baby. Yesterday, I went shopping for mama and Yoshi. I needed to purchase lounge clothes for the first few weeks and more newborn/0-3 clothes. It is not easy to find affordable basic baby clothes without crazy sayings and wild colors! Our carseat and stroller also arrived this week. Yay!

We sold a chair to make room for our crib, so over the weekend Jordan is going to assemble the crib and install our carseat. Our plan is actually to trade in one of our vehicles, but we want it ready just in case little man decides to make an early entrance! There is nothing like having a baby to encourage a massive overhaul of your belongings.

Our hospital tour was this week as well. It’s a good feeling knowing where to park and enter because whenever I visit someone in the hospital I always get lost! Even though there are no signs this little guy will make an early appearance, Jordan and I both feel more prepared in case something were to happen.

Onto the links!

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Relevant Podcast Live

Relevant Podcast Anniversary Show

Live podcasting events are fairly common now, at least amongst popular talk radio style shows. For example, the Gilmore Guys have been touring all summer: LA, Austin, NYC and Philadelphia. I listen to these live recordings, but I never gave much thought about traveling to attend one. Last month, Relevant Podcast announced it would celebrate its 10th Anniversary by hosting a live event in Orlando.

Jordan’s been listening to the Relevant Podcast since 2005 and expressed a desire to go the live event. After looking into it, we were able to secure two tickets. I then had to figure out if I could get off work last-minute. After rearranging my schedule and working (too many) days in a row, we jumped in our Camry and hit the open road!

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Podcasts | Revisited

Top Podcasts

Last year I shared six of my favorite podcasts. My love of streaming radio (IE podcasts) has only continued to increase and I thought it was time to update that list.

While I still listen to the original six I mentioned, I’ve fallen into the rabbit hole of the podcast genre I call, people-candidly-talk-about-the-random-things-they-love. These types of shows are a little more talk radio and a little less structured news segments.

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Book Club: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild Cheryl Strayed

“…I considered my options. There were only two and they were essentially the same. I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.” –  Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Reading and I are in a dysfunctional relationship. We have our highs and lows like any other couple: There are seasons where I have to turn down new books because there are too many good ones on my nightstand. But there are also low points where I wonder “Is the world filled exclusively with YA books about terminally ill vampire teenagers, living in a dysotopia future and fighting for their lives, while riding the roller coaster of love?!?”… Not that I haven’t read those books and maybe enjoyed one or two.

Anyway, earlier this summer I was in a drought. Books were letting me down and it was extremely frustrating especially with all of the travel coming up.

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For Your Listening Pleasure

Popular Podcasts

My brothers and I listened to a lot of music and children’s radio programs when we were young. Recordings of The Sound of Music and Anne of Green Gables were in constant rotation. When I was around five, I received a Fisher-Price tape recorder for either a birthday or Christmas present. It had a rounded handle, colored buttons, and a microphone! Now for the first time, I had a way to listen my own stuff on the go!

On family road trips we often listened to Adventures in Odyssey, a radio drama program. Adventures in Odyssey began as a radio show in 1987 and has since released the episodes for home listening (we had them on cassette tape!). Odysessy is a fully realized world, with interesting and deep characters that are challenged with real life dilemmas. Most episodes take place in the present, but they also focus on historical events. When I sing the U.S. National Anthem, I think of the Adventures in Odyssey episode where they retell the event that influenced the poem!

After listening to a few episodes with my family, I would grab my trusty tape recorder, start an episode and toss a blanket over my head to isolate myself with the story. I would spend countless hours each week listening, learning, and using my imagination. At first, reading didn’t come easy to me, but these audio tapes allowed me to delve into a different world, just like books can.

When I began commuting to Chicago, I learned early on that music wasn’t the best distraction for the drive. Podcasts are fresh and new – you don’t know when one segment will end and another will begin, while songs can become predictable – they are usually around 3 – 3.5 minutes each (for this same reason, I don’t usually to listen to music while I workout).

I am constantly listening to podcasts: on my way to and from work, when I cook or clean or while I’m working from home. Just like when Jordan and I began watching The Big Bang Theory this summer, when I discover a new podcast I binge listen!  Below are a few of my favorite podcasts, which can all be found through iTunes or listened directly from their websites.

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